A collection of summer-inspired recipes to celebrate this Memorial Day deliciously. From THE BEST Pulled Chicken to a cold pizza that is a crowd-favorite; I have you covered this holiday!
Oh hello, 3-day long weekend! I so am looking forward to your sexy, carefree attitude, your grilling scents, and your tempting dishes! For most folks, Memorial weekend signifies the start of summer. Having relocated to Arizona it already feels like summer. It has been for the past 2 months.
We’ve been grilling since February and in the pool since March. I’m making pizzas nightly in Bella (my Authentic Pizza Oven) and now that I have Prometheus (my big green egg), I’m grilling almost daily too! Yet folks back in Pittsburgh are finally putting their coats and boots away and hoping to uncover the pool for an 80-degree day. Guys, I love you but I so don’t miss the weather there.
And while most of us attribute Memorial day with food and bbq, remember that’s about giving thanks to those that have served and still serve to protect you, your family, your friends and keep our country safe. It is because of their selflessness that we live free and are kept out of harm’s way.
With love and thanks, let’s eat! Today I’ve rounded up some of my most popular recipes for Memorial Day and summer! Enjoy!
Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Chicken
Seriously the most tender pulled chicken in a blend of spices that’s ready in under 30 minutes. It’s a Flavor Fiesta perfect for your favorite Mexican night meal. Plus it’s so easy for meal prep and freezer meals!
Chilled Shrimp Cucumber Cups
Crunchy cucumber cups are the base for chilled shrimp in a creamy lemon & fresh herb sauce! It’s the perfect summer and party appetizer!
Dill Pickle Pepper Bites
Cheesy Bacon & Dill Pickle Mini Pepper stuffed bites are truly scrumptious and irresistible. Keto and Gluten-Free fat bombs perfect any time!
Mexican Street Corn Dip – The BEST Elote
This Elote (Mexican Street Corn) is truly the best dip ever. Grilled corn mixed with a luscious creamy spicy mixture, spices, fresh cilantro, and Cotija cheese!
Biscoff Cookie Butter Cheesecake Dip
Creamy Biscoff Cookie Butter blended into the most decadent cheesecake dip with bits of chocolate and toffee. It’s like heaven on a spoon!
Pulled Banana Pepper Beef
Stuffed Banana peppers are a summer cookout must! Stuffed with 3 types of meats, an amazing spicy banana pepper sauce, and lots of melted cheese!
The Most AMAZING Fresh Strawberry Frosting
A luscious fresh strawberry vanilla frosting that’s perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookie fillings, and or when you want a sweet spoon of deliciousness!
Pizza Stuffed Baked Potato Skins
Fire up the grill for these babies! Crispy potato skins stuffed with zesty pizza sauce, Italian herbs, lots of cheese, and pepperoni. It’s the perfect 5 ingredient dish!
Salsa Fresca (Pico de gallo)
This Farm-Fresh Salsa Fresca is the perfect mixture of chopped tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, garlic, avocado, jalapeno, and a kiss of lime!. Use it with chips, add it to burgers for a fiesta topping, spoon it over chicken or pork.
Chipotle Maple BBQ Sauce
Lip smackin’, pork basting, burger topping sweet, and heat bbq sauce! Make a double batch. You can thank me later!
Homemade French Onion Dip
This Homemade French Onion Chip dip is THE BEST dip you’ll ever have! Make up a big batch of this, grab some chips/pretzels, and head on over to the party! You’ll be a huge hit!
Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizza
Homemade flatbread pizza topped with THE BEST Buffalo Chicken mixture, a 3-cheese blend, Green Onions & Ranch Dipping Sauce
Crunchy Cold Thai Noodle Salad
Crispy Thai Cold noodle salad infused with spicy peanut sauce, fresh veggies, cilantro, and crunchy peanuts.
Campfire Cheesy Hot Dog & Baked Bean Pizza with Tots
All the amazing flavors of campfire beans and weenies but pizzafied! Homemade pizza dough topped with a cheddar-mozzarella blend of cheese, baked beans, sliced hot dogs, tater tots, and more cheese for one killer campfire cheesy pizza!
Grilled Super Juicy Greek Turkey Burgers
These Greek Turkey burgers are juicy and loaded with incredible Greek flavors like oregano, dill, lemon, feta, and tzatziki. Make your next meal a delicious burger!
Strawberry Madeline Trifle
This 4-ingredient trifle is a true showstopper and crowd-pleaser! Layers of vanilla madeleines, whipped topping, strawberry sauce, and fresh strawberries.
Black & Blue Berry Crisp
A combination of Black and Blueberries topped with a crispy cinnamon oat pecan streusel makes for one easy and delicious anytime dessert!
Watermelon Berry Feta Salad
Say HELLO TO SUMMER YUM with this Watermelon Berry Feta Salad! Watermelon, strawberries, and blueberries mixed into a refreshing & delicious salad topped with fresh mint, feta cheese, and a honey-lime glaze. Kick it up a notch with a balsamic drizzle too!
Spicy Three Meat Banana Pepper Meatballs
These meatballs are seriously insane! Super juicy, super tender, and loaded with all kinds of deliciousness thanks to 3 types of meat and banana peppers!
Cheesy Dill Pickle & Bacon Cheese Ball
Chopped dill pickles mixed with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and seasonings make this dish the life of any party!
The BEST Cold Veggie Pizza
Thin and chewy pizza dough topped with a creamy everything bagel cream cheese spread, minced fresh veggies, and shredded cheese. Skip the tubed stuff and make this from scratch for a pizza that’s perfect for any occasion!
Honey Mustard Coleslaw
Just 5 ingredients are needed to make one of the best coleslaws you’ve ever had! Perfect as a side, snack, or on sandwiches!
Mexican Veggie Rice Bowl Salads
These Mexican Veggie Rice Bowls are flavor-packed with seasoned rice, roasted corn, black beans, garden-fresh salsa fresca, Cotija, and a kiss of lime. Perfect for meal prep and light, and healthy lunch!
Sriracha Honey Candied Pecans & Pretzels
Sweet heat flavored with sriracha and honey, these candied pecans & pretzel bites are an addicting snack that’s perfect for a crowd.
The Best Pulled Pork
One of the best bbq pulled pork recipes out there! Bold, flavorful, tender, and perfect for weekly meal prep, freezer meals, or a killer pulled pork sandwich! Find out how to make it in no time thanks to the pressure cooker!
This Pittsburgh coleslaw is tangy with just the right amount of bite. It’s perfect on pulled pork and pretty much any sandwich you get while visiting the ‘Burgh!
Candied Kielbasa Bites
These 3-ingredient Candied Kielbasa bites are one of the most requested cookout snacks! Super easy and delicious to make!
Best Broccoli Slaw Salad
This is a new spin on a classic broccoli salad slaw. Crispy and packed with veggies, seeds, cranberries, and bacon topped with my Grandma’s amazing old-fashioned boiled dressing. Every cookout needs this dish!
Grandma-Style Pepperoni Pizza
The PERFECT RONI CUP pizza at home!
The Best EVER Stuffed Cabbages!
My Mom’s Stuffed Cabbages are LEGENDARY! No summer cookout is complete without a tray of stuffed cabbages! Tender cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, seasoned ground meats, and a rich tomato sauce make this the perfect summer comfort food. Plus this freezes beautifully!